Radiant in Residential

Explore alternative heating solutions

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 21:03

Homeowners across the United States are looking for new ways to save money. While new predictions for the upcoming year show that oil and natural gas prices are expected to slightly decline, many people are still trying to budget and save despite potentially low prices this year, next year costs could skyrocket. 
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Brent crude oil spot price will average $102 per barrel over the second half of 2013 and about $100 per barrel in 2014. Regular grade gasoline prices have fallen form an average of $3.66 per gallon on June 10, 2013 to $3.49 per gallon on July 8, 2013. This has allowed Midwest gasoline prices to return to normal levels relative to the U.S. average price. 
These predicted declines are good news for many homeowners who struggled last winter to pay for oil or natural gas. However, there are additional ways to promote greater savings that homeowners can take advantage of. For example, a radiant floor heating system promotes greater sustainability and a reduction in utility bills because the option limits heat loss and increases thermal capacity. Energy loss is reduced because heat is transferred directly from the floorboards and doesn't have the opportunity to escape into ducts, walls or outside a home in areas like the attic, which traditionally receive less insulation. In addition, radiate heat fills an entire room with warmth and allows the heat to settle - just powering up enough to maintain levels.
The combination of these features in a radiant floor heating system allows a homeowner to reduce his or her heating expenses and save money each and every month in comparison to more traditional solutions - regardless of the price of energy.